Securing the environment and economy against pests.  Your business depends on having sound biosecurity strategies.

BBS Ltd offers generalist and specialist biosecurity advice and pest management planning services to help increase farm production and protect important ecological places and wildlife. 


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Peter Russell brings 24 years of experience in leading Biosecurity planning and operational initiatives, forging partnerships, fostering team unity and building enduring relationships.

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Peter’s programme delivered a highly successful result, for which he can take credit. His leadership qualities and demonstration of initiative to build team spirit and morale are also tremendous.
— John Simmons, former Group Manager, Waikato Regional Council


Develop Biosecurity Strategic Thinking and Policy Responses

I can help you align your policy and programmes with national or regional directions.

  • Writing and researching Biosecurity policy documents – fleshing out issues and options.
  • Develop and write pest management pathway plans.
  • Assist regional/district councils with regional pest management plan development.

Biosecurity Operational Planning and Oversight

Making it happen on-the-ground.

  • Develop and write operational plans, including individual farm plans.
  • Trouble-shooting, landowner/agency consultation.
  • Staff mentoring and filling in for absences.


Develop and Review Biosecurity Control Programmes

Simple and effective solutions for your biosecurity control programmes.

  • Revitalise and freshen programmes for existing pests.
  • Structured project management approach for dealing with new pests and projects
  • Ensure compliance or alignment with regional pest management plans.

Biosecurity Advocacy and Awareness Initiatives

Developing fresh ideas to spread knowledge and change behaviour in your audience.

  • Develop and write pest management campaigns (media, powerpoint, advertorials).
  • Co-ordination and ‘fronting’ of field campaigns.
  • Website and factsheet information developed and reviewed.


Coordinate Biosecurity Responses
with Others

Helping you maintain productive relationships with stakeholders through the duration of your project.

  • Pulling small or complex projects together.
  • Scoping, writing or reviewing of plans.
  • Make and maintain connections between agencies.

Biosecurity Tender and Contract Preparation and Review

Are you a contractor? I can help you write winning tenders to land the jobs you want.

  • Help contractors write standout tenders – alignment and hitting the key points.
  • Develop contract specs, focusing on outcomes and process.
  • Assist on tender evaluation panels – be an independent external expert.

Other Services

We also offer services customised to your needs, for example: farm biosecurity plans to prevent weed invasions on your farm, protect your waterways and better manage people, vehicles and equipment entering your property. 

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About Peter

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I have 22 years in the wider ‘bio-business’, developing simple solutions to complex problems. I have experience in writing and reviewing plans and control programmes, inter-agency projects, and more. 

New Zealand is characterised by climate and habitat diversity and ever changing political situations: destroying pests is only part of the job! I believe that engaging with, and dealing well by people, is the key to solving biosecurity matters. 

Biosecurity is fast paced, evolves quickly and affects many of our lives and businesses. My principles are well aligned with the qualities needed to work in Biosecurity. I keep solutions simple and in plain English; seek collaboration; and introduce new ideas into the mix. 

I achieve better ‘bio-connections’ by thinking about the whole picture and seeing how things are for others. I can tailor unique responses to your current and future biosecurity needs to create better biosecurity outcomes for you.

See how Peter has been 'Improving NZ's biosecurity, from home in Cambridge'  (January 2017).

Awards - Received Peter Ingram Memorial Award for services to pest plant education and management. New Zealand Biosecurity Institute  (July 2016).

Read all about it on page 14 of the link below


I'm also writing a BIOSECURITY book  


"In Search of Ripping Good Biosecurity Yarns”

Career History

I have significant experience at a senior management level: having worked at the operational coalface for over 20 years. I’ve worked with the Waikato Regional Council, Department of Conservation and on national biosecurity advisory groups.  

My leadership responsibilities included: contractor and staff management of 16 people, writing strategy/policy and managing many diverse pest plant and pest animal operations, with an annual budget of $7M. My career highlights are summarised below.


Better Biosecurity Solutions Ltd, Director (consultant)


Waikato Regional Council: Biosecurity Operations Manager

2003 – 2015


  • ‘Ownership’ of group processes and initiatives, SOP development/implementation
  • Build and maintain relationships with wide range of internal/external groups 
  • Planning and delivery of an expanding pest management programme ($7M per annum)
  • Management of nine staff and regionally based contractors (in total 16 FTE’s)


  • Leadership – played a large part in achieving a 10% increase in group staff satisfaction in 2013 Best Places to Work survey.  Led development of group norms, mentoring and fostering team unity, pest plant team and whole of group (18 people).
  • Contract/process management – led and implemented contract development and renewal for $1.2M pest plant control programme, introducing 3 new contractors to programme. Commended by Audit NZ for having very robust contract/tender processes,
  • Delivering results – achieved ‘unbroken’ possum control across the north-west Waikato area (140,000 hectares). Took it from concept to completion, with guaranteed results to communities, through application of a ‘completer/finisher’ mentality, and
  • Initiative – e.g. developed a simple yet robust prioritisation process for Council Long Term Plan development. Applied over the last six years (to determine annual spend of $3.5M). Developed five successful business cases for latest council LTP processes.

Waikato Regional Council: Programme Manager, Animal Pests and Policy Analyst (concurrently)

1995 – 2003


  • Project lead and principal writer of first and second Regional Pest Management Plans (RPMP) - 1995/96 and 2001/02 (advisor/mentor in 2013/14 review)
  • Develop stakeholder network, focus on innovation, creativity and sharing of knowledge
  • Delivery and expansion of the animal pest control programme ($1.3M to $3M p.a.)   

Major Achievements

  • Focused - successfully completed RPMP’s to time and council expectations,
  • Partnerships – took proactive, lead role in co-ordinating regional possum control.  Held up by DOC Head Office as the ‘model for other regions to follow’
  • Enduring relationships developed with contractors and farming communities – through building excellent contract management competence and farmer confidence.

Qualifications and Professional Development

Master of Science

Geography, with Honours

Thesis topic: “Interacting Multi-scale Wind Systems in Westland National Park, New Zealand” – University of Canterbury (1987).

Bachelor of Science

major in Geography

With geology, biology and history. University of Canterbury (1985).

Leadership, Project Management & Related Training

Completed a wide range of in-house and external leadership, communications, project management, budgetary and IT related training. Key examples include:

  • Leadership and Influence in Organisation and Community: advanced leadership training, Anne Kilgour (2011-2013)
  • Shifting Gears – Continuous Improvement (2007)
  • Presented papers at conferences (USA, 2006 and NZ, 2003, 1995)
  • NZ Institute of Management- management and leadership courses (1996, 1999)
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Planning Law (RMA) – Canterbury University (1992)

Professional Membership

NZ Biosecurity Institute

Chair—Central North Island Branch